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08/06/12 - Olympic exhibition at Cusworth Hall Museum
Cusworth Hall Museum is celebrating the 2012 games with an exhibition looking at local Olympians.
ĎOur Sporting Heroes: A Century of Doncaster Olympiansí celebrates the lives and sporting achievements of the 11 Doncaster-born athletes who between the first London Olympics in 1908 and the Beijing Games of 2008 have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Some of the athletes included in the exhibition are household names, for example World Taekwondo Champion Sarah Stevenson. While others, like Norman Hallows, who won gold and bronze medals in the 1908 games, remain virtually unknown, even in their home town.
The exhibition runs from 16 June to 2 September. It will be opened to the public by the Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies on Saturday 16 June at 2pm.
Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "This exhibition tells the story of each athlete and includes displays of sporting equipment and clothing, momentos from the Olympic Games in which the athletes competed as well as Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals.
"As the world prepares to come together for the Olympic Games in London this summer why not visit Cusworth Hall Museum to celebrate those athletes from Doncaster who have competed in the greatest sporting event on earth."
Olympic athletes from Doncaster:
Anita Chapman. Paralympic archer. She won silver at the 1996 Summer Paralympics and gold at the 2000 Summer Paralympics. In team medals she was on the bronze medal team at the 1996 Summer Paralympics, the silver medalist team at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, and the gold medal winning team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.
Roy Cromack. Cyclist (road and track). Competed in the team time trail in Mexico 1968. He was the first British cyclist to ride more than 500 miles in a 24-hour time trial.
Mark Epton. Flyweight boxer. Competed in Soeul. Won a silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
Norman Frederic Hallows. Track athlete. Won a bronze medal and set an Olympic record in the men's 1500 metres race at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. Gold medal winner in the Three Mile Team Event.
Jon Hall, Paralympian basketball player. Competed in Beijing 2008 and won a Bronze medal.
Kathy Hook, Taekwondo player. Competed in the Barceleona Olympic Games
Barry John Middleton. Hockey player. He was a member of the British squad that finished ninth at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and appeared again in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Brian Shenton. Sprinter (track). Brian Shenton represented Great Britain in the men's 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1952. European gold medal winner in the 200 metres in Brussels in 1950.He was a member of the Doncaster Plant Works Athletic Club
Sarah Diana Stevenson. Taekwondo player. Stevenson finished fourth on her Olympics debut in 2000 and after a judging error was reversed in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she went on to win a Bronze medal, the first British medalist at the Olympics in this sport.
John Tanner. Road Cyclist. He competed in the menís cycling road race in the1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
Anna Tunnicliffe. Sailor (Laser Radial). As a member of the 2008 US Olympic team she won a gold medal in the Women's Laser Radial class.
08 June 2012

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